"Everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another." John 13:35

Love God. Love People. Love Life.    

Community Activist

Reclaiming our own narrative! #englewoodrising

Resident led initiative to support Flint, MI

Pastah J at R.A.G.E "So Fresh Saturdays"

Getting a haircut at Powell's Barer Shop

1,000 mile march, sponsored by the Inner City Muslim Action Network, which was commemorating Dr. King's infamous march through the south side of Chicago.  It was an honor for us to March alongside Canaan's own Mrs. Pat Devine-Reed one of the legacy marchers who was a part of the original March with Dr. King 50 years ago!

Pastah J is a resident of the Englewood community on the southside of Chicago.  As someone who has been connected to this southside community his entire life he truly understands the sense of pride and resilience that comes from being raised here. Like many of the young people in his community he felt as if "escapism" was his only recourse in life if he wanted to have what Jesus calls the "abundant life" in John 10:10.  However, as he soon found out, Christ never wanted us to flee where he has placed us looking for somewhere better, he actually wants us to engage it and love it so that we desire for everyone in our community what we desire for ourselves.

To this end, you can find Pastah J hanging out on the porch with his neighbors, enjoying a warm latte at the Kusanya Cafe, mentoring students at Kennedy-King College (through a partnership with One Million Degrees), hanging out at Powell's Barber Shop or volunteering with the Resident Association of Greater Englewood.  These are all opportunities,  to "be the change he wants to see in the world" as often quoted by Dr. King.

Below are links to a few community organizations and venues  that share in his view of Englewood aka "the city of Angels".
Protesting the shooting of unarmed African Americans in our community.
Hanging out at the Kusanya Cafe with friends

Unveiling of new "Welcome to Englewood" Sign

Englewood Police Youth Baseball League

Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) Village meeting being held at Canaan Community Church.